Lizzie Whitaker

October 03, 1927 ‒ September 01, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Lizzie Whitaker, age 90 of Marion, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday morning, September 1, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Lizzie was born on October 3, 1927 in Blue River, KY, the daughter of Malcom and Plina (Ousley) Prater.

Lizzie worked at the Smith Clinic for many years in housekeeping and she also worked for Sycon.

Lizzie’s proudest achievement in life was her beloved family. She leaves behind a legacy spanning 5 generations. Her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren were her ultimate pride and joy. Lizzie touched the hearts of everyone she knew and left a lasting impression of love and devotion. She took great pride in cooking for her family and enjoyed when everyone was together. She could be quick with a joke and delighted in playing little pranks on those she loved. Lizzie was an avid bowler, and a collector of cardinals. She was also known to cast a fishing line and just enjoy the outdoors. Her volunteer work was extensive. She was the oldest volunteer for the CPAAA. She belonged to the 7th Day Adventist Church and also the American Legion Post #584. The sunshine warmed her soul and a good day for Lizzie was a day working the soil, bringing life to her beautiful flowers and her wide-ranging vegetable garden that would be canned and used throughout the year.

Lizzie is survived by her beloved children: Clarence D. (Debbie) Whitaker, David D.(Gigi)  Whitaker, Kathy F. (Joe) Benson, Karen M. (Tim) Coldwell, Marlene M. (Jim) Oberdier, Judy C. Law, and Roger L. Whitaker; son-in-law Terry Moore; daughter-in-law Jackie Whitaker; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; siblings: Ed Prater and Arizona Sears; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Cledis Whitaker; children: Cledis “Rennie” Whitaker, Sandra K. “Nanny” Moore, and Billy R. Whitaker; son-in-law Keith Law; and siblings: Zola, Asbery, Talt, Roxie, Allie, and Loni.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Thursday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 540 Windsor St., Marion at 12PM with Pastor Marcellus de Oliveira and Terry Moore officiating; burial will follow at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens. Following the services at the cemetery, a luncheon will be held for family and friends.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Bob Singh, Tammy Miller, Chrissy Whitaker and the staff of Heartland Hospice for their excellent care.

If so desired, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice of Marion.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Whitaker family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


  • l am so sorry for the family and friends . I know this is going to be hard . Loved her dearly she was a wonderful person she is a beautiful angle . Love you all .God bless.

  • My heart is with each and every one of you!!! I was blessed to have been able to take care of granny and meet such an amazing family!!! Thank you for sharing your lives with love to all

  • Aunt Lizzie was good to all. I experienced first hand her caring for her family, even a distant family member. I learned many things helping in her kitchen on canning day and caught her rath on those occasions when I clearly was misbehaving. I will always love you Aunt Lizzy! Please keep all of my cousins in your grace during this time off loss. Amen

  • My heart goes out to all of you. Your Mama was special and will be missed by so many. She raised a wonderful family…hugs!

  • To all The Whitaker’s 🌹. We would like to send our Condolances to u all and may God help u Thur this time of Sorrow ❤️🙏🏻 … Beverly Faulkner and Bruce Lehman

  • This was one of the best women I have ever met,an awesome friend,I will truly miss her RIP Lizzie,I love you.

    • Mother loved you dearly. She always talked about Mary Russell and bowling and all the fun she had bowling with you. True friend’s the two of you were.

  • The family of this sweet lady are in my thoughts and prayers. It was such a blessing to know and care for Lizzie. She always put a smile on my face when I would visit.

  • Dear family of Lindsay,
    My prayers are with each one of you.
    ‘Granny’ was a very special lady and is greatly missed.